156 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich
It’s the type of restaurant that wants to be loud, with plenty of stone tiles and hard surfaces off of which voices and clattering cutlery ricochet with wild abandon. Even in the one “cozy” corner (solitary table closest to the service station… yay) it’s pretty noisy. It has an “old world Tuscany” feel with new world suburb service. But it’s fun and energetic, the Northern Italian cuisine is tasty, and the wine is good.
Robin’s note: If you don’t have a reservation they can probably still seat you. But don’t expect a choice table or a kiss good-night.
Who you’ll see eating here: Couples and groups of couples, ages 30-55 years old, primary Greenwich residents.
Their specialty: Pizza from the wood-burning oven.
What you should order: Seafood risotto.
What you may not know but should: It’s brought to you by the folks who own a string of popular eateries in FC (Acqua, Mediterraneo, Solé) and it shows. On a number of levels.
Thursday, September 23, 2010 • Permalink
260 Compo Road South, Westport
Can you truly say you’ve been to Westport if you’ve never been to Splash at Longshore? Yes. But why would you want to? There are scary few decent bars (enterprising dipsomaniacs, please take note) in the area and Splash is home to one of the best.
Robin’s note: Expect crowds on weekends.
Who you’ll see drinking here: Westport residents, their friends and family.
Their specialty: The Splash Mojito with acai blueberry vodka, lime, mint leaves, and plenty of blueberries.
What you should order: Wines by the glass. The General Manager, an oenophile, serves excellent, affordable wines. At last count, there were seven whites, three sparklings, and five reds available.
What you may not know but should: The Patio Bar is great for swingers and divorcees, but an awkward place for young families.
Bars + Baristas
Monday, September 13, 2010 • Permalink
Tavern on Main Bar
146 Main Street, Westport
One of the few—and only—bars in Westport is the Lounge, or “Tap Room” in this restaurant. It’s cozy, historical, and let’s face it: your options are limited.
Robin’s note: A must-visit when bar-hopping with girlfriends—the bartenders aren’t as old as their environs.
Who you’ll see drinking here: Mom and Dad, Mom and Dad’s Mom and Dad, and whomever stumbles in after 10.
Their specialty: Blueberry-Pomegranate martini (or, as one witty bartender brazenly proffered, the “Cougar Martini”).
What you should order: My girlfriends dig their tequonics.
What you don’t know but should: The menu of specialty drinks and martinis changes seasonally.
Bars + Baristas
Wednesday, September 01, 2010 • Permalink